06/20/2004 11:00PM

Fans chase $178,464 carryover


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Only one ticket was able to have even five winners in Sunday's pick six at Hollywood Park, leading to a carryover of $178,464.13 on Wednesday. It does not get any easier, particularly in Wednesday's featured seventh race, a wide-open grass race in which Reel 'Em In will seek his third straight victory.

The race, at one mile on turf, is for third-level allowance runners or $100,000 claimers. Reel 'Em In is one of two horses in the race eligible to be claimed.

has won three times in four starts on this course. He won sprinting here on May 9, then came back 14 days later and stretched out to win going one mile. Both victories came against $50,000 claimers.

Wednesday's race will be the toughest assignment Reel 'Em In has faced since returning from an eight-month layoff in April. His front-running style suits a course that has been extremely firm all meet, but he figures to face more pace pressure than he has in recent starts, and there are several worthy rivals.

has been freshened, a tactic used by trainer Neil Drysdale last year when Golden Arrow turned in a sharp race over this course, finishing second. In his last race in March, he set swift fractions in a downhill turf sprint at Santa Anita before fading. Victor Espinoza, the last rider to win aboard Golden Arrow, is back aboard.

"In his last start, he got upset in the gate and he became rank the first part of the race," Drysdale said. "He came out of the race with sore feet, so we gave them time to heal. We're taking the blinkers off him because we feel that might have contributed to him being upset in the gate."

Van Rouge returns to the grass after a rough trip in the Ack Ack Handicap three weeks ago. He was a winner of a second-level allowance race over this course one year ago, and hobnobbed with some of the best turf sprinters in the West earlier this year at Santa Anita.

Bis Repetitas returns from a five-month layoff for trainer Bobby Frankel. He won just once last year but turned in an excellent effort over this course in November when a close fifth in the Hollywood Derby.

Green Line also is returning from a brief freshening after tailing off earlier this year.

Tronare was a close second in a similar spot last month. He was an upset winner of the Golden Gate Breeders' Cup Handicap in March.

Sweet Stepper has won four times in seven starts on this course. He was third against a slightly softer bunch last month.